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New National Philoptochos President
Archbishop Demetrios Appoints
Maria Logus, Esq. National Philoptochos President
New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, announced the appointment of Maria Logus, Esq. of New York as the new National Philoptochos President at the inaugural meeting of the 2014-2016 National Philoptochos Board held on October 17 at the Hilton Hotel in New York. Archbishop Demetrios praised Miss Logus for her commitment and service to Philoptochos and the Church.
National President Maria Logus is a lifelong resident of the New York City borough of Brooklyn and parishioner at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church. She is currently a lawyer for the New York State Unified Court System, and has had three decades of legal experience. She studied at New York University and Brooklyn Law School.
She joined Philoptochos at age 18, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, and her mother, who held several positions in the organization. In 1986, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America of blessed memory appointed Miss Logus to the Philoptochos National Board in the role of Parliamentarian. Multiple leadership roles followed, including Chair for two National Conventions and First Vice President under Presidents Mimi Skandalakis, Eve Condakes, and Georgia Skeadas. She was President of the Board of Saint Basil’s Academy for several years and served on the boards of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Michael’s Home.
Her paternal grandparents hail from Constantinople and her maternal grandparents are from the island Limnos.
On accepting the appointment and the charge of Archbishop Demetrios, President Logus states, “Our National Board is blessed with a dynamic group of women. I look forward to working with all of them to advance the values and the mission of the Philoptochos Society. We will embrace new members as we continue to give honor to our founders.”
Other members of the Executive Board include: Aphrodite Skeadas, Past President Advisor; Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President; Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President; Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President; Christine Karavites, Secretary; Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer; and Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer. In advisory positions are Anita Kartalopoulos, Esq., Legal Advisor; Maria Stavropoulos, Protocol Officer; and Irene Steffas, Esq., Parliamentarian.
Continuing in their role on the Executive Board are Jennifer Constantin, Direct Archdiocesan District President; Irene Arsoniadis, Metropolis of Chicago President; Frances Levas, Metropolis of Boston President; Marian Catechis, Metropolis of Denver President; Dee Nicolaou, Metropolis of Atlanta President; Margaret Yates, Metropolis of Detroit President; Rosemary Nikas, Metropolis of Pittsburgh President; Jeannie Ranglas, Metropolis of San Francisco President and Anastasia Michals, Metropolis of New Jersey President.
Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
A Dream Come True
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America inspired Philoptochos to secure a permanent Philoptochos home and in his opening message of the video, “A Dream Come True,” Archbishop Demetrios states, “We give thanks to God for celebrating a great event, the opening and inauguration of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy in Manhattan, New York, a place for Philoptochos to organize and direct their philanthropic work. This new center is a monument of achievement obtained by the people who believe nothing is impossible.”
The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy is a reality because of the love, guidance and support of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, our respected Metropolitans, Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and former Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas, the dedicated National Board, the Metropolises, the Philoptochos staff, all the beloved Chapters nationwide, our cherished stewards and donors.
At the close of the video President Skeadas notes, “This modest new home will allow us to serve our current needs, expand our future services and leave a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps. It will be our joy to have you come and visit your new home, located at 126 East 37th Street, in New York City. Please continue to support and preserve the seeds planted eighty-three years ago when Philoptochos was founded as we continue to be a source of illumination, offering hope and enlightenment for the battered, the lonely, the disabled, the hungry and those in need of uplifting.”
Thank you to everyone who made the dream come true!
Click on the video for a virtual tour of our Philoptochos home.
The Brave Ones- Convention Presentations
National Philoptochos Honors the Military and Veterans
The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones. His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country. The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.
National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing. Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him. Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world.
The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.
THE BRAVE ONES VIDEO
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